Ruth Joanna Leufkens Funeral Notice

Mother of Bernie and Mike Leufkens

It is with the deepest of sympathies we advise of the passing of Bernie and Mike’s mother Ruth. Our sincerest condolence goes out to Bernie, Mike, all of Ruth’s family and friends.

In Loving Memory

Ruth Joanna Leufkens nee O’Donnell
October 28, 1927 to February 16, 2021

Born in Avondale, P.E.I. and peacefully transitioned to Heaven at the tender age of 93 from Lakeridge Hospital in Ajax, Ontario.
Mom moved from P.E.I. to Toronto where she met and married Dad, Bert Leufkens (deceased) and together they raised a big and energetic family. Mom will be forever cherished by her 7 children, Joan (Garry), Bernie (Roisin), Mike (Elaine), Helen DiCintio, Bob (Debbie), Janet, Leona Newlands (Ross), her 14 wonderful grandchildren Lenita, Brendan, Ceila, Tiarna, Brad, Wes, Michael, Alycia, Alex, Julie, James, Jon-Ross, Jackson, Holly and 13 precious great-grandchildren Lily, Charlie, Emily, Nathan, Wyatt, Clara, Nickolas, Addison, Laila, Mary Jane, Remi, Jacqueline and Hanna.
Mom is survived by her sisters Bernice Callaghan and Barbara McIsaac. Predeceased by her parents Alphonsus and Anne O’Donnell, and siblings Phil O’Donnell, Bernie O’Donnell, Teresa McCarville and Jean Carmichael.
While Mom’s tiny body continued to fail her, she remained positive, resilient and delightful. Never one to complain or feel sorry for herself, Mom embraced every challenge and her spirit remained strong. At age 82 she became completely deaf and subsequently learned to text, read lips and understand a few words of sign language. That is how she handled setbacks.
Strongly influenced by faith she never gave up and she set a shining example of unconditional love and compassion for everyone. We will reminisce about Mom’s great sense of humour, her sweet demeanor, and the huge meals that she could devour especially desserts!
Mom will be sadly missed but will remain in our hearts forever. We love you Mom aka Cutie Pie.

Due to COVID-19 limitations and the size of our wonderful family, there will be a private viewing and service at McEachnie Funeral Home in Ajax, Ontario on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Private interment will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Whitby. Thanks for your understanding.

Please read the following instructions regarding Covid-19. Provincial directives require our funeral home to follow the guidelines for the current COVID restriction category for Durham Region.  Presently our state is “RED”. We are permitted to accept a maximum of 50 guests for our entire facility at any one time. Those in attendance are required to wear a mask or face covering in the Funeral Home and at the cemetery and must maintain a minimum distance of 2 metres between each other. Thank you


Please join the family on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. as we livestream the funeral service from our chapel. Please click on the following link:

The livestream recording will be available for 60 days from the date of the service.


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In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations to Sick Kids Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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Those we love we never lose,
 For always they will be,
Loved, remembered, treasured,
Always in our memory.